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NASA, Astronaut Foundation Launch Shepard Award

The National Association of Educational Technology Specialists (NAETS), a joint venture between The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and NASA, presented its first Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award to Lori Byrnes, a fourth-grade teacher and technology specialist at Cypress Ridge Elementary in Clermont, Fla. The award recognizes excellence in the development and delivery of technology programs into K-12 classrooms.

Byrnes won for her implementation of The School-to-Work/Technology Enrichment Program, a 2-year-old program that prepares students from kindergarten through the fifth-grade for the workforce. Students in every grade level manage their own business while strengthening their economic, technological and interpersonal skills. Business ideas varied from a kindergarten florist shop to a third-grade consignment shop/supermarket/recycling center.

The award is open to all educators/technology personnel at the school- and district-level who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to either foster lifelong learners or to make the learning process easier. Applications are judged on excellence in teaching, use of technology and development of technology-based programs. NAETS, Kennedy Space Center, FL, (321) 452-2887, www.naets.org.

The National Association of Educational Technology Specialists (NAETS), a joint venture between The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and NASA, presented its first Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award to Lori Byrnes, a fourth-grade teacher and technology specialist at Cypress Ridge Elementary in Clermont, Fla. The award recognizes excellence in the development and delivery of technology programs into K-12 classrooms.

Byrnes won for her implementation of The School-to-Work/Technology Enrichment Program, a 2-year-old program that prepares students from kindergarten through the fifth-grade for the workforce. Students in every grade level manage their own business while strengthening their economic, technological and interpersonal skills. Business ideas varied from a kindergarten florist shop to a third-grade consignment shop/supermarket/recycling center.

The award is open to all educators/technology personnel at the school- and district-level who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to either foster lifelong learners or to make the learning process easier. Applications are judged on excellence in teaching, use of technology and development of technology-based programs. NAETS, Kennedy Space Center, FL, (321) 452-2887, www.naets.org.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2001 issue of THE Journal.

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